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Bleachers @ Emo’s (Sept. 19, 2017)

Bleachers @ Emo’s (Sept. 19, 2017)

Pictures and Words by David Brendan Hall “This is our first headline show in Austin!” exclaimed Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff toward the beginning of the band’s Tuesday night show at the storied Central Texas venue. “We’ve been waiting five fuckin’ years for this!” His exuberance wasn’t totally lost on the...

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Fleet Foxes w_ Bedouine @ ACL Live (Austin, Texas, Aug. 17, 2017)

Fleet Foxes w_ Bedouine @ ACL Live (Austin, Texas, Aug. 17, 2017)

Pictures and Words by David Brendan Hall Gallery of Fleet Foxes w_ Bedouine by David Brendan Hall It’s got to feel somewhat surreal playing live for Fleet Foxes on this tour. Imagine taking a six-year break after releasing two of the most compelling folk albums of the past decade (2008’s...

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Roger Waters @ AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas, July 1, 2017)

Roger Waters @ AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas, July 1, 2017)

Pictures and Words by David Brendan Hall Gallery of Roger Waters by David Brendan Hall It’s no secret that Roger Waters hates Donald Trump – the giant inflatable pig he flew through the Desert Trip crowd last October was emblazoned with the ireful text, “Fuck Trump and his wall.” That...

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X w/ Rosie Flores – the Masquerade Atlanta – May 16, 2017

X w/ Rosie Flores – the Masquerade Atlanta – May 16, 2017

Pictures and Words by David Brendan Hall Know any of those people who love spouting that line, “Punk rock is dead”? X’s Tuesday night performance at the Masquerade in Atlanta – a stop toward the tail-end of the first leg of the influential L.A. band’s lengthy 40th (!) anniversary tour...

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Pixies w/ Public Access T.V. – Stubb’s Austin – May 1, 2017

Pixies w/ Public Access T.V. – Stubb’s Austin – May 1, 2017

Pictures and Words by David Brendan Hall Before Monday night’s sold-out gig at Stubb’s BBQ, the Pixies hadn’t played the mainstay Austin venue for about 12 ½ years. When they took that stage the last time – Oct. 20, 2004, freshly united with original bassist Kim Deal in the mix...

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Beck – HollywoodPalladium – 02/10/17

Beck – HollywoodPalladium – 02/10/17

As one might expect with an occasion where a 5-time Grammy winner kicks off the annual music awards ceremony’s weekend in Los Angeles with his first show of the year, Beck delivered a decidedly all-star – albeit almost too loose at points – greatest hits set Friday at the Hollywood...

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The Kills @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016

The Kills @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016

Photos and Words by David Brendan Hall One might assume that a duo rock act, by virtue of having fewer creative minds to reconcile, might be the swiftest sort of songwriters. Between 2003-2011, the Kills lived up to that notion, releasing four records during that span, one roughly every three...

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Joanna Newsom @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016

Joanna Newsom @ ACL Live – Austin, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016

Photos and Words by David Brendan Hall Joanna Newsom’s music isn’t the most accessible. Not everyone can vibe with the eccentric harp, and piano-based tunes laden with fairytale-esque lyrics, but her talent for spinning something superbly complex out of myriad seemingly simple elements is undeniable. During her Sept. 7th performance...

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